Friday, July 18, 2014

Some Interesting Articles from Forbes on Business Ethics

10 Things Only Lousy Managers Say:

 God bless the bad managers we’ve struggled under, the toads and zombies who’ve taught us so many valuable leadership lessons  (all lessons of the How Not to Lead variety). We still remember those managers years later, with their tempers, idiosyncracies and neuroses.

I don’t pay you to think.

It’s work – it’s not supposed to be fun.

You are not my only employee.

I’ll take it under advisement.

I don’t care what your priorities are – this is your new priority.

I don’t make the rules. I just enforce them.

If you don’t want the job I’ll find someone who does.

This is the way we’ve always done it.

And God knows if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

In this economy, you’re lucky to have a job.


Seven Ways To Deal With A Bad Manager: 

 In my article, Why Your Employees Are Leaving, one of the reasons listed was bad managers. This struck a chord with friends and a lot of readers who wrote of their experiences with awful managers.


Business Ethics In Asia: Lost In Translation?

         Should companies care about ethical behavior?  Does it really make any difference to their bottom line?  Simply put, yes. Yes, consumers and stockholders can and do care. And, yes, it does filter through to the bottom line. That was the consensus from a panel consisting of Barry Stowe, CEO of Prudential Corporation Asia, Marjorie Yang, chairman of the Esquel Group, and William E. (Chip) Connor, chairman and CEO of the Connor Group, at the inaugural Asia Ethics Summit held in Hong Kong late last year.


New Study Shows Transparency Isn't Just Good Ethics - It's Good Business 

         A new study released today shows the practical, not just ethical, value to an organization of management transparency.  Such transparency, implying consistently candid and open management communication, is often considered nice to have but perhaps, from some management perspectives, a bit Pollyanna-ish.  This study shows the positive role transparency can play in maintaining an engaged, motivated work force.


Observing The Small Business Code Of Ethics: 

         When small business owners find themselves in the gray area with a customer or other business relationship, there is no sanctioning entity we can call on for guidance. We’re on our own; because The Universal Code of Small Business Professional Conduct and Ethics doesn’t exist.

        Principles which come in handy when you find yourself in the gray area, perched on the horns of an ethical dilemma. One is from an ancient philosopher, one from a 20th century Nobel Laureate, and one from a 21st century ethics thought leader.

         On Transparency: “The way to live with honor is to be in reality what you appear to be.” Socrates, 5th century B.C.

         On Integrity: “Integrity has no need of rules,” Albert Camus, from “The Myth of Sisyphus” (1942).

         On Ethics: “Ethics is devotion to the unenforceable,” Len Marrella, author of “In Search of Ethics” (2005).


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